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We Who Are About To…
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We Who Are About To…

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Author: Joanna Russ
Publisher: Dell Publishing, 1977
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Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Colonization
Psychological
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Synopsis

The story takes the form of an audio diary kept by the unnamed protagonist. A group of people, with no technical skills and scant supplies, are stranded on a planet and debate how to survive. The men in the group are dedicated to colonizing and populating the planet, but the unnamed female protagonist, who does not believe that long-term survival is possible, resists being made pregnant by them. Tensions escalate into violence, until finally she is forced to kill the other survivors in order to defend herself against rape. Left alone, she becomes increasingly philosophical, recounting her personal history in political agitation and attempting to chart the days and seasons even as she begins to hallucinate from hunger and loneliness. She experiences visions, first of the people she killed, and then of people from her past. Finally, weak from hunger, she resolves to kill herself.


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more than feminist pulp

- bleebs
  (11/14/2017)

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